MOSCOW — The Russian parliament burst into applause when it was announced that Donald Trump had won the US presidency, and nationalist faction leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky bought 132 bottles of champagne to toast the victory.
“Russia is ready and wants a restoration of full-fledged relations with the United States,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Russian state television. Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump. On Monday, he spoke with Trump by phone about “constructive cooperation on the widest spectrum of issues,” according to the Kremlin. Russian officials have gushed about the possibility of Trump canceling US …read more